BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 15 June, 2017


15 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[132 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Krithika Varagur in Subang, West Java: "Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory" (The Guardian)
Workers complain of verbal abuse, impossible targets and 'poverty pay' so bad they have to live away from their children.

Paul Krugman: Their Own Private Pyongyang (NY Times Blog)
I don't have a full explanation. But surely a starting point is the realization that while America as a whole isn't an authoritarian regime - yet - the modern Republican party in many ways is. That is, once you've made the decision to become Republican, you find yourself living in your own private Pyongyang.

David Grabowski and Vincent Mor: You're Probably Going to Need Medicaid (NY Times)
Mr. Trump and the Republicans would lower spending on the frailest and most vulnerable people in our health care system. They would like most Americans to believe that these cuts will not affect them, only their "undeserving" neighbors. But that hides the truth that draconian cuts to Medicaid affect all of our families. They are a direct attack on our elderly, our disabled and our dignity.

Garrison Keillor: Taking a Break from the News (Washington Post)
Europe's charms are enough to get one to consider emigration.

Simon Hattanstone: "Steve Earle: 'My wife left me for a younger, skinnier, less talented singer'" (The Guardian)
Steve Earle has never been so busy. The 62-year-old is a singer-songwriter, actor, playwright, novelist, memoirist, political activist - and we've not even got to the heart of the matter yet. "Autism is the centre of my life, apart from recovery. They are the two things that control my life."

JONATHAN KIRSHNER: The Obsessions of Hitchcock, Welles, and Kubrick (Boston Review)
Film buffs will approach The Extraordinary Image with eager anticipation. Robert Kolker, former president of the Society for Cinema Studies, has enjoyed a long and distinguished academic career.

Amanda Madden: "7 Huge Scandals (That Got Broken By Random Nobodies)" (Cracked)
Being an investigative journalist is thankless work, involving a lot of late nights, a few crippling addictions, and a smattering of divorces. But it's all worth it when you finally connect the dots and break the story -- only to find out that some nobody from The Nowhere Gazette already did it months ago. That's because for every Bob Woodward, every Snowden, and every Carl Bernstein (they're not conjoined at the hip, you know), there are a bunch of unknown schmucks who have changed the world without us ever noticing them.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

On what TV series would you find this couple?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The phrase "Klaatu barada nikto" comes from what movie?

       The Day The Earth Stood Still                                                      Source

"Klaatu barada nikto" is a phrase that originated in the 1951 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still. The humanoid alien protagonist of the film, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), instructs Helen Benson (Patricia Neal) that if any harm befalls him, she must say the phrase to the robot Gort (Lockard Martin). In response Gort relents from destroying the Earth and resurrects Klaatu from death.

Edmund H. North, who wrote The Day the Earth Stood Still, also created the alien language used in the film, including the phrase "Klaatu barada nikto". The official spelling of the phrase comes directly from the script.

The phrase was never translated in the film and neither Edmund North nor 20th Century Fox ever released an official translation.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   "Klaatu barada nikto" was from The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Randall wrote:
   The Day the Earth Stood Still

mj said:
   Michael Rennie made Patricia Neal
  Commit those words to memory in The Day the Earth Stood Still. He also corrected Sam Jaffe's homework.

Alan J replied:
   The Day the Earth Stood Still.

David of Moon Valley responded:
   The Day The Earth Stood Still

Adam answered:
   The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   The Day the Earth Stood Stll

Kenn B wrote:
   the day the earth stood still

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   That's from "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

Gene responded:
   The Day the Earth Stood Still. And the phrase was also spoofed in the movie, Army of Darkness.
  (It is such a shame Michael Rennie never got to play Sherlock Holmes. He had the look and the voice for it. It would've been great!)

Daniel in The City answered:
   "Klaatu" gave it away: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Michelle said:
   "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   I know this one! "Klaatu barada nikto" is from The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Dale of Almost Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

zorch responded:
   The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Billy in Cypress answered:
   The Day the Earth Stood Still (original version) is still one of the great SF movies, while the remake sucked.

Deborah wrote:
   It's from the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Never saw it, and had to look up that phrase, as I thought at first it was perhaps from a Star Wars movie.
  We've had a long day: Drove through commuter traffic to San Francisco. We took our son to have emergency surgery as he apparently has testicular cancer. We'll know more in 7-10 days. Guess we'll call him Juan Pelota now.
  It's bad enough he had this surgery, he also doesn't have insurance. His girlfriend, his dad and I were incredulous. Our son-in-law searched the Interwebz and spent time on the phone on Tuesday to find information to give our son a way to begin to apply for insurance.
  The lesson here is, don't be uninsured. You just never know.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  June 15 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 15 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




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Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Here's the Alex Jones Story Megyn Kelly and Other Reporters Should Probe - Mother Jones

An Abandoned US Nuclear Base in Greenland Could Start Leaking Toxic Waste Because of Global Warming - Mother Jones

Are We Really Going to Boycott MSNBC? Better Idea...

GOP Health Care Law Could Cost Nearly 1 Million Jobs, Report Finds - NBC News

Britain and the US once ran the world. Now they're all at sea | Linda Colley | World news | The Guardian

Australia Reaches $53 Million Settlement With Refugee Detainees : The Two-Way : NPR

Proposed Medicaid Cuts Threaten Services For Disabled Adults : Shots - Health News : NPR

Will Fish Get A Humanely Harvested Label? These Brothers Bet $40 Million On It : The Salt : NPR

To Protect Fruit Crops, Scientists Are Putting Them Into A Deep Freeze : The Salt : NPR

NBC is reportedly freaking out about how much of a 'sh$t-show' the Megyn Kelly-Alex Jones interview

Rand Paul Tweet Re: Using Guns To Shoot At Government When It Becomes Tryrannical

Republican senator tells 73,000 West Virginians they're not losing Medicaid, they're in 'transition'

Fox News Drops 'Fair And Balanced' Slogan after 21 Years | HuffPost

Southern Baptists grapple over the 'alt-right' -

Morford: Thou shalt not shut down Kamala Harris - SFGate

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

How health insurance changed from protecting patients to seeking profit | Stanford Medicine

Naomi Klein: Trump Is a Symptom of the Crisis - Bill

US troops on the ground in war-ravaged Philippine city: military -

Was Trump Cabinet's Loyalty Ritual Funny -- Or Scary? - National (Gene Lyons)

House Committee Cancels Gun-Silencers Hearing in Wake of Congressional Shooting - The Daily Beast

'Dear Leader' Trump's Sycophantic Cabinet Meeting Mercilessly Mocked | HuffPost

Lack of Empathy Is Not the Problem | The Nation

Snowflake-in-Chief Trump blocked an organization representing 500,000 vets and families on Twitter -

Trump Is Crazy Enough to Fire the Special Prosecutor - ny

Sessions: I can't discuss conversations with the president. 9 legal experts: Yes, you can. - Vox

The Strange Civil Rights Views of Trump's Latest Court Nominees - POLITICO Magazine

Will Trump fire the special counsel? If he does, don't assume Republicans will save us -

Right-wing pastor says 'amen' when guest wants to see Gov. Jerry Brown 'hanging from a rope' -

Fox News Drops 'Fair And Balanced' Slogan after 21 Years | HuffPost



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

So, a member of congress with a 100% rating from the NRA, a man who voted that the mentally unstable have a right to weapons, got shot.


Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Superior Donuts', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', followed by a RERUN 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Milo Ventimiglia, Judy Greer, and Keith Alberstadt.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort, and Beth Ditto.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Wall', followed by another RERUN 'The Wall', then a RERUN 'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ethan Hawke and Lorde.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Andy Cohen, Patty Jenkins, Rakesh Satyal, and Eric Moore.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/1/17) are Hank Azaria, Jeff Rosenstock, and Al Madrigal.

ABC fills the night with LIVE '2017 NBA Playoff', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Andy Samberg, Jillian Bell, and 2 Chainz featuring Trey Songz & Ty Dolla $ign.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supernatural', followed by another RERUN 'Supernatural'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'US Open Championship', then pads the left coast with local crap, and maybe a RERUN 'Love Connection'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Cold Case Files'.

AMC offers the movie 'Ghostbusters II', followed by the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', then the movie 'Black Hawk Down'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Kill the Moon
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Mummy on the Orient Express
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Flatline
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-In the Forest of the Night
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Dark Water
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Death in Heaven
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Arsenal of Freedom
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 24-We'll Always Have Paris
 [8:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [10:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Arsenal of Freedom
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 24-We'll Always Have Paris    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing', then a FRESH 'Cyrus Vs. Cyrus: Design & Conquer', 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Whoopi Goldberg.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jerry Ferrara, Diona Reasonover, and Ryan Stout.

FX has the movie 'Interstellar', followed by the movie 'Blackhat'.

History has 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Mountain Men: Fully Loaded', then a FRESH 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Alone'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Ants
 [6:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Passenger Rating
 [7:00AM]    ROGUE
 [9:00AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [1:30PM]    ROGUE
 [6:00PM]    DREDD
 [8:00PM]    THE TOWN
 [1:00AM]    THE TOWN

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Mends a Broken Heart
 [6:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Lawman Barney
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Mayberry Band
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Floyd, the Gay Deceiver
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Rival
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bed Jacket
 [9:30AM]    Cold Mountain
 [1:00PM]    Christine
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Big Bang
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Mayhem
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Sanctuary
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Doubles
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Old Friends
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Oxymoron
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Patriot
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Coma
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-White Rabbit
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Competence
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Precious
 [2:00AM]    Stepmom
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-Eskimos    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Alice In Wonderland', followed by the movie 'Troy'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Armie Hammer, Jim Jefferies, and Gavin Degraw.

 [6:00 AM]      The Spy In Black (1939)
 [7:30 AM]      Private Detective 62 (1933)
 [8:45 AM]      Mata Hari (1932)
 [10:30 AM]      British Agent (1934)
 [12:00 PM]      Operator 13 (1934)
 [1:30 PM]      Our Man in Marrakesh (1966)
 [3:15 PM]      The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
 [5:30 PM]      North By Northwest (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [10:15 PM]      All That Heaven Allows (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
 [2:15 AM]      Nowhere to Go (1958)
 [4:00 AM]      The Seventh Sin (1957)
 [5:45 AM]      Les Girls (1957)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  06/16/17

 [7:45 AM]      Sincerely Yours (1955)
 [10:00 AM]      Law of the Underworld (1938)
 [11:15 AM]      Danger Patrol (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Living on Love (1937)
 [1:45 PM]      Crashing Hollywood (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      Dynamite Pass (1950)
 [4:15 PM]      Double Danger (1938)
 [5:30 PM]      Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947)
 [6:45 PM]      Twelve Crowded Hours (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      Light In The Piazza (1962)
 [10:00 PM]      The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
 [12:00 AM]      A Room with a View (1986)
 [2:15 AM]      Death In Venice (1971)
 [4:45 AM]      Voices of Venice (1951)
 [5:00 AM]      Indiscretion Of An American Wife (1954)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has the FRESH, but pre-taped and edited, 'AFI Life Achievement Award: Diane Keaton'.

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Actor and drag queen icon RuPaul addresses the crowd before a Resist March that replaced the annual Pride Parade in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 11, 2017.
Photo by Andrew Cullen


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


'Closer Look' Segments Are 'Late Night' Staple

Seth Meyers

From "covfefe" to Sean Spicer's press briefings, the Trump administration has provided a steady stream of material for late-night shows.

NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" now devotes up to 12 minutes of airtime three to four days a week with a segment called "A Closer Look."

During these segments, Meyers and his writers take an element of news and do a deep dive. On Monday it was President Donald Trump's efforts to discredit former FBI Director James Comey while also trying to bolster his own reputation. He asked Cabinet members to give him compliments in an on-air round table.

"Is there anything creepier than Trump making his staff go around the room and praise him? Even Kim Jong Un is like, 'Dude, have some self-respect,'" joked Meyers in "A Closer Look" segment.

"I think one of the great advantages we have over real journalists who wonderfully have higher standards than we do is, when you're dealing with an administration that often doesn't have a lot of respect for integrity, comedy shows like ours are kind of better suited to call them out," he said.

Seth Meyers


The annual Pride Parade is replaced with a Resist March as members of the LGBT community protest President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, Calif., on June 11, 2017.
Photo by Mike Blake


Bat-Signal to Shine


The bat-signal will shine one final time for a beloved Dark Knight.

The late Adam West will be honored Thursday night with a lighting of the iconic signal in Los Angeles, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Police Department Chief Charlie Beck doing the honors.

The public is invited to the event, which will take place at 9 p.m. at City Hall (200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012). West, who played the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, died Saturday at 88.

For fans who can't make it to the ceremony, West's family is encouraging people to donate to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donations can also be made to Camp Rainbow Gold, an Idaho-based charity for children battling cancer.



Theater Refuses To Back Down

'Julius Caesar'

Just two weeks after Kathy Griffin was widely criticized for posing with a decapitated plastic head that resembled Donald Trump (R-Grifter), the Public Theater in New York City began to perform a scene in which a character that strongly resembles Trump is brutally killed. However, unlike Griffin, the Public Theater is refusing to apologize.

In its rendition of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" that premiered Monday at Central Park's Delacorte Theater but has been in previews since May, the title character is blond, wears a blue suit, owns a gold bathtub, and is even married to a woman with a Slavic accent. Caesar is stabbed to death by members of his own government who doubt his ability to lead their nation.

A storm of controversy ensued since last week when a clip of the death scene was widely circulated online. But the Public Theater sees no reason to apologize.

"The Public Theater stands completely behind our production of Julius Caesar," the nonprofit theater group wrote in a statement on its website. "We understand and respect the right of our sponsors and supporters to allocate their funding in line with their own values. We recognize that our interpretation of the play has provoked heated discussion; audiences, sponsors and supporters have expressed varying viewpoints and opinions."

According to the Public Theater, the play was designed to get people talking.

'Julius Caesar'


Newhead News


Virginia Honors

Richard and Mildred Loving

When Richard and Mildred Loving had the audacity to marry, Virginia law officers jailed them. The state's highest court later agreed it was right to outlaw their marriage because he was white and she was black.

Now, a half century after the Lovings won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized interracial marriage nationwide, the couple has been honored with a historical marker outside the old Virginia Supreme Court building where they suffered a legal defeat.

"We honor their courage to stand up for the right to love unconditionally, their strength to endure the struggle against all odds and their tenacity to prove that loving is really what it's all about," Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, said Monday during a dedication ceremony.

The couple agreed to leave Virginia for 25 years in order to avoid a one-year jail sentence, but after several years in Washington decided they wanted to come home. Mildred Loving wrote to then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and was referred to the American Civil Liberties Union, which took on the case.

In the unanimous 1967 U.S. Supreme Court opinion, Chief Justice Earl Warren said the state's argument - that the policy was necessary to preserve racial integrity - was "obviously an endorsement of the doctrine of White Supremacy."

Richard and Mildred Loving


People participate in a Resist March that replaced the annual Pride Parade in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 11, 2017.
Photo by Andrew Cullen


First Gay Prime Minister


Leo Varadkar promised a "republic of opportunity" Wednesday after he became Ireland's youngest prime minister and the first who is openly gay.

The Dublin-born politician's Indian immigrant father and Irish mother were in parliament to watch as the 38-year-old was formally confirmed as taoiseach.

Varadkar, who won the leadership of the ruling centre-right Fine Gael party earlier this month, was confirmed by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.

In his acceptance speech, Varadkar emphasised youthful energy, arguing that the politics of the past were no longer fit for purpose.

"The government that I lead will not be one of left or right because those old divisions do not comprehend the political challenges of today," he said.



Digby's Hullabaloo


71 Of The Most Alarming Things He's Said


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) is celebrating his 71st birthday on Wednesday. While it may not be a national holiday quite yet, it is his first since becoming President, and will undoubtedly be a special day for him.

People usually receive cakes on their birthdays, with their age mirrored by the number of candles. But with baked goods from the mainstream media unlikely to get past White House security these days, we can only offer the next best thing: a list of 71 things Trump has actually said - one for every year he has lived.

It would usually be difficult to compile so many memorable quotes from a President, but Trump has produced so many that it's actually difficult to whittle them down to just 71. And what's more, they keep on coming.

If Trump's presidency already alarms you, then be warned: some of these quotes may keep you up at night. But if you're a fan of the President, then here he is, in his own words, unfiltered by the mainstream media. Still sure about him? Ok. Well, enjoy:

     "Amazing how the haters & losers keep tweeting the name "F**kface Von Clownstick" like they are so original & like no one else is doing itů" (Tweeted in 2013)

For the other 70, T-rump


GALA Chorus members from around the country sing on the National Mall with Capitol Hill in the background during the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Photo by Carolyn Kaste


Appeals Court Tosses Cap


A federal court struck down regulations intended to cap the price of some calls to prison inmates, which can cost families thousands of dollars a year.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found Tuesday that the Federal Communication Commission lacked authority to set rates for calls between inmates and people in the same state.

Companies that provide prison phone service have defended their prices and sued to stop the 2015 FCC rules . The in-state rate caps, intended to stop high charges between inmates and people in the same state, were suspended by earlier court decisions and never went into effect. The FCC does regulate the price of out-of-state calls for prisoners.

Advocates for prisoners and their families have long pushed for regulation to prevent price-gouging in the inmate phone market. The FCC noted in 2015 that costs for a call could be as high as $14 a minute, a prohibitive expense for many low-income families trying to stay in touch with incarcerated loved ones.

In August 2016, the FCC proposed capping both out-of-state and in-state call rates at a range of 13 to 31 cents per minute. The FCC had said that would reduce the price of an average 15-minute call for most inmates by about 35 percent.



Don't Worry About Rising Seas


The mayor of the tiny Chesapeake Bay island community of Tangier saysDonald Trump (R-Crooked) called him after seeing a news report about the threat the village faces from sea-level rise and its strong support for him in November.

Trump called James "Ooker" Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier, Virginia, after CNN reported on the island last week, The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reported.

The island is also sinking from erosion and rising sea levels, and scientists predict residents may have to abandon it within 25 to 50 years.

But Eskridge said Trump reassured him. "He said not to worry about sea-level rise," Eskridge said. "He said, 'Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.'"

About 87 percent of Tangier residents who cast ballots in November voted for Trump, and Eskridge said during the CNN interview that he loved Trump like a family member.



A marcher listens to speakers at the end of the Los Angeles LGBTQ #ResistMarch, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill


Company Files For Bankruptcy

Soup Nazi

A company that sells soup from the recipes of the chef who was the real-life model of the Soup Nazi on "Seinfeld" has filed for bankruptcy less than a month after its chief financial officer was arrested on charges he cheated the government out of employment-related taxes.

Soupman Inc., based in Staten Island, sells soups made from the recipes of Al Yeganeh. Yeganeh and his soup stand were the inspirations behind the "Seinfeld" television show character, who shouted the catchphrase "No soup for you!"

The company's CEO, Jamie Karson, said Tuesday that "the combination of legacy liabilities and recent company developments have made it necessary to seek bankruptcy protection." Karson said its products, including jambalaya, lobster bisque and chicken gumbo, would still be available in stores.

Last month, CFO Robert Bertrand was charged in Brooklyn federal court with failing to pay Medicare, Social Security and federal income taxes for company employees. The government said he paid employees unreported cash and gave some workers large unreported stock awards from 2010 through 2014.

According to the indictment, the total estimated tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service was $593,000. Bertrand, of Norwalk, Connecticut, has pleaded not guilty and has been released on $50,000 bail.

Soup Nazi


Mother Identified

Leonardo Da Vinci

The identity of Leonardo da Vinci's mother has eluded historians for years, but now one scholar said he's found the woman behind the Renaissance man.

After digging through overlooked records in Italy, Martin Kemp, a leading Leonardo expert, claimed that the artist was born to Caterina di Meo Lippi, a 15-year-old orphan, on April 15, 1452.

From existing documents, historians already knew that Leonardo was mostly raised by his father, a lawyer named Ser Piero da Vinci. Scholars also knew that Ser Piero was not married to Leonardo's mother, and there was some indication that her name was Caterina.

The gaps in knowledge among these details have led to a somewhat obsessive speculation about Caterina's identity. Sigmund Freud even weighed in with a psychoanalytical interpretation of Leonard's childhood. Freud claimed that the enigmatic smile in the 'Mona Lisa' must have reminded Leonardo of (you guessed it) his mother, which is why the painting captures both "the promise of unlimited tenderness and sinister threat."

More recent investigations have stuck to the biographical details, with some scholars claiming Leonardo's mother was a slave from North Africa or Turkey. Caterina was a common name for slaves at the time, and one analysis claimed a Leonardo fingerprint had features common to people of Middle Eastern origin.

But Kemp, an emeritus professor of art history at Oxford University, painted Caterina as a local girl. He told The Guardian that her life "was a real sob story." His research in the archives of Vinci and Florence suggested that Caterina and her brother, Papo, were orphaned and lived in a derelict farmhouse with their grandmother, just outside of Vinci. Meanwhile, Ser Piero da Vinci was on his way to becoming a successful lawyer in Florence and was due to be married. But during a visit to his hometown in July 1451, Ser Piero must have met Caterina, and gotten her pregnant. Then, his family probably gave her a dowry so that she could be married off to someone else.

Leonardo Da Vinci



In Memory

Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg, a model and actress who had children with Keith Richards and served as a muse for The Rolling Stones, has died. She was 75.

Pallenberg was born on April 6, 1942. She served as inspiration for the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones" and "You Got the Silver."

She appeared in films like "Barbarella," ''Candy," ''Le Berceau de Cristal" and "Performance," which included Mick Jagger.

Pallenberg first dated the late Brian Jones of the Stones, but later dated Richards, with whom she had three children (their youngest son died months after he was born).

Pallenberg said in an interview with The Guardian in 2008 that she didn't want to write her autobiography because publishers wanted dirt and drama about the Stones.

"I had several publishers and they were all the same. They all wanted salacious," she said.

Pallenberg will be cremated and a memorial service is being planned. She is survived by a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

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